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  • A Proper Introduction

    Posted by Jay Manifold on November 22nd, 2003 (All posts by )

    As noted below, I am joining the team and tripling my blogging income thereby. Lest my reputation be unduly exposed to the influence of uninformed opinion, here are the facts:

    1. I attended the University of Chicago from September 1977 to June 1979, majoring in physics.

    2. As a space blogger, contra the assumption made by Lex (Luthor?) in the comments on the post linked above, my territorial ambitions need not be confined to the Solar System. For the nonce, however, I would be satisfied with direct control over several thousand asteroids, plus the atmosphere of the seventh planet (which you may learn how to pronounce properly by reading this post) as a source of 3He.

    3. In my day-to-day guise as a mild-mannered project manager for a telecommunications firm, I reside with She Who Must Be Obeyed, two dogs, and an illegal number of cats in a secure, nearly-disclosed location approximately 410 miles from the University campus, bearing 244° (GCD calculator here).

    Writing for Chicago Boyz will allow me some differentiation — Arcturus will focus a bit more on hard science and technology, and I’ll shift some of my economic/behavioral/political stuff over here. On the other hand, I figure Enrico Fermi’s picture isn’t up there for nothing, so you’ll get a science post now and then.


    10 Responses to “A Proper Introduction”

    1. Lex Says:


      The solar system can be a base for further expansion. But let’s start small.

      Fermi — father of the A-Bomb, if for no other reason.

    2. Jim English Says:

      Jay Manifold. That’s a made up name, right? Like Fred Flintstone, Speed Racer or Jim English.

      Jim English

    3. Jay Manifold Says:

      Well, Michael Jennings had this to say about my name. As for it being made up, well, weren’t they all, about 600 years ago? ;)

    4. Jim English Says:

      I was thinking more along the lines of NASCAR.

      “Rule 6683 requiring the use of the so-called J-manifold has impacted track speeds more than any rule change since the introduction of the restrictor plate.”

      Good Luck.

      Jim English

    5. Anonymous Says:

      oo rah nus

    6. Jay Manifold Says:

      Looks like somebody followed the links. ;)

      I prefer to think more along these lines, myself.

    7. Alexander Crawford Says:


      Just to warn ya… Jim English revealed he’s an Electrical Engineering type in a previous post… fair warning regarding any high-falooten physics tom-foolery!


    8. Alexander Crawford Says:

      Jay Manifold!

      I went over to the mathematical atlas link you provided! Whew. Nothing like topological models to get the blood pumping! A skeptic might respond with…

      Are we talking Pythagorean metaphysics? Or experimental science? ;)

    9. Jay Manifold Says:

      Experimental science, I hope. I promise to be careful. ;)

    10. Pouncer Says:

      There is something that dissonates in my cognitator when the words “territorial” and
      “Solar System” are so proximate as in your 2nd paragraph.

      Can we coin a more appropriate word here:
      ” stella-tory” or something?

      Anyway, dibs on Phobos!